19 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After recording two albums with outside producers — Do the Collapse with Ric Ocasek, Isolation Drills with Rob Schnapf — Guided By Voices returned home to Ohio and settled back into their lower-fi scheme. Not quite the tape-hiss-riddled lo-fi crunch of Bee Thousand, Universal Truths and Cycles does have that tossed-up, homespun quality where the songs often sound as if they're being recorded from the couch they were written on. "Christian Animation Torch Carriers" verges on prog-rock with its discordant guitar riffs and stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Elsewhere, singer Robert Pollard sounds like his usual Beatle-intrigued, power-pop obsessed self. "Zap" whips past in little more than a minute. "Cheyenne" sounds like a lost mid-‘60s pop classic with its quirky Left Banke falsetto jump. "The Weeping Bogeyman" could be a Robyn Hitchcock outtake. GBV exist in an alternate universe where these are hit singles. Considering the magnitude of their cult, it's not an all together false notion. While the band's final albums lack any real innovation — they've gone as far as one can from lo to hi-fi — they're still packed with charming moments ("Eureka Signs," "Back to the Lake").

EDITORS’ NOTES

After recording two albums with outside producers — Do the Collapse with Ric Ocasek, Isolation Drills with Rob Schnapf — Guided By Voices returned home to Ohio and settled back into their lower-fi scheme. Not quite the tape-hiss-riddled lo-fi crunch of Bee Thousand, Universal Truths and Cycles does have that tossed-up, homespun quality where the songs often sound as if they're being recorded from the couch they were written on. "Christian Animation Torch Carriers" verges on prog-rock with its discordant guitar riffs and stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Elsewhere, singer Robert Pollard sounds like his usual Beatle-intrigued, power-pop obsessed self. "Zap" whips past in little more than a minute. "Cheyenne" sounds like a lost mid-‘60s pop classic with its quirky Left Banke falsetto jump. "The Weeping Bogeyman" could be a Robyn Hitchcock outtake. GBV exist in an alternate universe where these are hit singles. Considering the magnitude of their cult, it's not an all together false notion. While the band's final albums lack any real innovation — they've gone as far as one can from lo to hi-fi — they're still packed with charming moments ("Eureka Signs," "Back to the Lake").

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